Peter Gizzi grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He is the author of The Outernationale (Wesleyan University Press, 2007), Some Values of Landscape and Weather (Wesleyan University Press, 2007), Artificial Heart (Burning Deck, 1998), and Periplum and Other Poems 1987–1992 (Salt Publishing, 2004). He has also published several limited-edition chapbooks, folios, and artist books. His work has been anthologized both here and abroad and has been translated into numerous languages. Gizzi’s honors include the Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets (1994) and fellowships from The Howard Foundation (1998), The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts (1999), and The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2005). His editing projects have included o•blek: a journal of language arts (1987–1993), The Exact Change Yearbook (Carcanet, 1995), and The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan University Press). He teaches at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. More can be found at http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/gizzi.